Learn to cope & embrace grief and find meaning & purpose in tragedy with the support of a community who truly understands.
I’m so sorry for the loss that brought you here, but glad you found this community. Although you had no choice in your person’s death, you do have a choice in how you CHOOSE to move forward.
You can allow grief to trap you — fighting your feelings and reality, which only adds suffering and pain to your hardship. Or, you can allow grief to transform you — flowing with your feelings and surrendering to your new normal, in attempts to seek the lessons and create meaning from your loss.
Grief is a journey. Not a destination.
There is no right or wrong way to grieve — no rule book or guide! Ultimately, YOU are your best authority on your loss and your journey. However, with so much freedom comes the potential for fear and uncertainty, which can lead to unnecessary added suffering.
I’m here to help you transform your fear into power and gently guide you on this seemingly dark, overwhelming, and at times, impossible path moving forward.
It won’t be easy.
In fact, it might be painful and hard. But what I’ve learned over the course of two years since my husband died is that pain is a catalyst for transformation.
Hard doesn’t have to mean bad. You can create whatever meaning we want from this experience —
And I want to show you how!
In the early stages of loss, you might feel lost, overwhelmed, unmotivated and unsure if you can survive. Sometimes you get trapped in this state of paralysis, believing that you are powerless over your circumstance and not capable of moving forward.
And when you believe these thoughts, they can become your reality! You really do get stuck. (I’ve been there!)
That’s why I created the moveTHRU method — an 8-step sequence that combines intention and movement to help you embrace grief, feel your feelings, and release them, so that you can have the freedom, clarity and power to move forward.
Now moving forward does NOT mean that you forget about your deceased person. You can move forward AND still hold onto the memories and love for your person. Moving forward is about finding ways to honor your loss , seeking meaning in hardship ,and discovering renewed purpose in life.
Ever heard of post-traumatic growth?
Yes, it’s a real thing — you can actually GROW in beautiful, profound ways from moving thru this seemingly impossible experience. While you can’t bring your person back and it feels like you’ve lost everything — it’s in this place of total loss and uncertainty that you have the freedom to create whatever you want!
Here’s a snapshot of what you will gain from this group-guided journey:
Understand why you feel the way you do and recognize the importance of openly feeling your feelings and processing your loss, to flow instead of fight your emotions.
⚡️DEFINE YOUR COPING STYLE
Explore effective coping mechanisms and strategies to make space for grief and release it so that you can operate in a calm, curious and connected state of being.
⚡️MOVE TO GET UNSTUCK
Get access to the MOVE Forward from loss online course and learn how to use exercise as a powerful tool to break the negative thought cycle that can trap us in grief.
⚡️DISCOVER MEANING IN LOSS
Let go of society perceptions surrounding hardship, tragedy and struggle that only add to our suffering, and create your own meaning in loss.
With a significant loss, comes the loss of shared dreams, future plans and our identity. Rediscover your sense of purpose by exploring what matters to you.
⚡️ CREATE A FUTURE VISION
Design a future that allows you to move forward from loss, yet honors your person’s legacy and your core values.
Participants in the group guided journey will meet once a week (75 min sessions) over the course of 8-weeks. The sessions will take place over ZOOM to provide a safe and supportive environment for:
💙 witnessing each other’s grief
💙 holding each other accountable
💙 providing motivation and loving support, and
💙exploring tools and topics outlined below!
Once enrolled, participants also get access to my MOVE Forward from Loss Online Course, which we will reference and use to help us embrace grief over the 8-week timespan.
HERE’S AN OVERVIEW OF THE CONTENT COVERED
WEEK 1&2: YOU ARE NOT ALONE
The first two weeks are dedicated to sharing our stories of loss and witnessing each other’s grief. We will also cover how to create support systems & boundaries for those who can’t support us, how to ask for help, and explore outlets to help process your loss. [Course modules: SHOCK & STUCK]
WEEK 3&4: WHY YOU FEEL THIS WAY
We will continue to check in on each other’s grief by learning about our feelings and emotions as a natural response to loss. We will understand WHY we feel the way we do, debunk harmful grief myths, and learn about the Change Triangle to access our core emotions. [Course modules: LONELINESS & ANXIETY]
WEEK 5&6: EMBRACING GRIEF
With the foundational understanding that grief is normal and valid, we can start too make mindset shifts to truly embrace grief. Using the Enneagram, we will explore our unique coping style and start to own our grief experience. These weeks focus on learning how to TRUST OURSELVES! [Course modules: ANGER & SADNESS]
WEEK 7&8: MOVING FOWARD WITH MEANING
Now that we have the necessary tools to cope and the belief that everything we need is already here, we can begin to create a vision for the future. We will explore ways to honor your loved one as you move forward, rebuild your identity and sense of purpose in life, and find meaning in tragedy. [Course modules: GUILT & SURRENDER]
I developed my 8-Week Guided Group Journey outlined above, along with The moveTHRU METHOD (used in my online course), drawing from the principles of Acceptance & Commitment Theory, the TEAR Model of Grief, grief coaching courses I’ve completed, my personal grief journey, and inspiration that has helped me heal.
Both exercise and intention have been instrumental in my ability to move forward from loss. My goal is to support and empower anyone grieving by providing them with tips, tool, and guidance that helped me and community who understands.
I’m a firm believer that there is no right or wrong way to grieve and that everyone has their own personal path to healing.
I also honor the truth that YOU are ultimately your best guide on grief!
However, I know how hard it is to trust in our process, to eliminate the noise — all the “should’s” about grieving — , to create boundaries around people who can support you vs. prolong your suffering, and to feel empowered enough to do what you need to do in order to heal.
It takes time. It takes trust.
Sometimes it takes someone else who has walked the path before you to help you step into a place of empowerment to move forward.
Grief is messy, unpredictable and constant. It’s a lifelong journey!
But I’m here to provide you with the guidance, tools and loving support necessary to help you find your way.
The investment to join this 8-week Guided Grief Journey is:
Get started by hitting the button below to complete a quick application for my next Group Journey! This is brief questionnaire about your loss, your availability, and your goals moving forward. Once I receive and review your application, I’ll reach out with an invitation to join our group!
Along with learning tools and acquiring knowledge that will support your grief journey for life, I’d also like to invite you to participate in our community through a few key add-ons:
BONUS #1: Private Facebook Group
This is a dedicated group for moveTHRU members who have purchased the course and want the support and accountability of a community to keep moving forward from loss! In this group I will answer questions and address comments about content covered on our calls or anything that is coming up for you! We will check-in to hold each other accountable for completing course modules, validate each others feelings and emotions as we share in our collective loss, and celebrate breakthroughs in our grief.
BONUS #2: Access to my Online Course
My MOVE Forward for Loss Online Course contains 50+ videos of meditations and workouts to help you embrace eight different emotions that come up during the grieving process. While we cover these modules in our Group Guided Journey, you will have access to these tools for life.
In addition to the videos content, I also created downloadable PDF’s that you can easily access as a quick guide to move THRU each emotion. If you feel an emotion coming up for you, instead of revisiting all of the content in the course, you can download these guides to quickly find:
– Mindset mantras to help reframe difficult situations
– Key takeaways and reminders from the module
– Suggested workouts, moves or breathing exercises to embody & release specific feelings & emotions
Think of this as your “Cliff Notes” to moveTHRU Grief!
Learn more about all that’s included my online course here.
Once we agree that you are a great fit for the Group Guided Journey, I’ll send you a username and temporary password to access the course. This can be done from any desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone, so you get to choose the timing, setting, and environment for your experience. I’ll be right here waiting to guide you along the way.
Upon logging in, you get immediate access to all the course materials, along with your built-in progress tracker, so you can stay focused on recovery while the website keeps remembers your last completed module.
While this 8-week Guided Grief Journey is just getting started, I’ve lead intentional-based grief workouts with live students in a group studio setting for over a year. Thanks to the amazing feedback I’m getting from it, I wanted to make these intentional workouts and method available to anyone and everyone online who is going through grief.
Here’s what a few of them have to say about their experience:
“After my loss it felt hard to relate to others and express my feelings. Emily provides a safe environment to process and work through all the emotions that come from loss and grief with a community that understands. Plus its an amazing workout! I have never left a counseling session feeling that good!”
“moveTHRU has given me a safe place to be myself, grieve my loss, connect with others, and move through the feelings. It has really opened my eyes to how grief manifests physically in the body.”
“My workout with moveTHRU was a really powerful experience. Having been through traditional conversational therapy to cope with my brother’s passing, it was incredibly refreshing to sweat and work through those feelings without having to talk about how I’m feeling. I felt so empowered afterwards.”
“moveTHRU is the safe place that I’ve been looking for ever since I lost my first loved one. It is an environment that is welcoming to all emotions, to all types of people, and to all types of loss experiences. There was no “barrier to entry” or uncomfortable feeling upon joining; instead there was an immediate sense of inclusion and support from the community members. After losing multiple loved ones in my life, it ironically feels “good” to have found others that understand the pain, sadness and anger that reside with the journey of grief.”
“moveTHRU helps you deal with grief in a healthy way. Grief comes with many different emotions and feelings and Emily has made specific workouts to address a lot of them. Her word, her exercises and her mission comes from the heart. “
I’m Emily. I’m a fitness professional, mother of two, and widow as of March 2019 when my husband Ian passed away from Uveal Melanoma. I’ve found meaning in my loss by helping others heal. So I’m stepping into my newest role as a Grief Coach.
I’ve always found joy and value in movement, but after losing Ian, I found that moving my body was the only way to cope with my grief.
Exercise was how I experienced my emotions and felt my feelings during the early stages of loss. While I felt trapped in my mind trying to name or understand my emotions, I experienced a sense of freedom with every burpee, a hint of courage with every rep of a heavy weight, and a glimmer of hope with every drop of sweat fleeing my body.
While fitness has helped me embrace grief, I’ve also made essential mindset shifts to radically re-conceptualize my life moving forward. I’ve had to let go of societal definitions of hardship and struggle; I’ve had to stop qualifying life experiences; and I’ve had to create my own meaning in loss.
At the end of the day, it is what it is. But it will be what we make it!
Losing Ian has proven to me that life really is a journey and his death — although tragic and life-consuming in the moment — is just one milestone. My sadness, my loneliness and my grief are not permanent. Feelings, human beings and human experiences are always in motion. Ian and I both understood that no matter what struggle life hands you, we have a choice — to remain trapped by tragedy or to moveTHRU and perhaps, even be TRANSFORMED (for the better)!
I can’t wait to meet you! Connect with me by clicking the button below and we will see if working together supports your needs and desires at this time.